The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting, and Why it Still Matters
List Price: $16.99
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Binding: Trade Cloth
Size: 60.24" long x 85.04" tall
Writing by hand is something that has shaped and revealed our humanity for thousands of years. In a world where people are increasingly swapping pens, letters and love-notes for typing text messages with their thumbs, The Missing Inkis itself a love letter to the lost art of handwriting -- as a cultural artefact, an expression of our individuality and as a craft in itself. Novelist Philip Hensher traces the rise and rise of handwriting in the 19th and 20th centuries, as wider education brought this most individual of skills to the masses. We meet the passionate early evangelists of fine writing, such as Platt Rogers Spencer, who travelled to every corner of America preaching the moral worth More...
Philip Hensher is a British novelist, critic, and journalist. He writes forThe GuardianandThe Independentand teaches creative writing at the University of Exeter. His sixth novel,The Northern Clemency, was shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize.
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